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clam lake dave
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best place to find logs

Mates:

Where are the best place to get saw logs?

I live in the suburbs near Chicago. I placed an ad in Craig's list, called a few tree trimmers, no steady pipeline for logs. 

I would like to get logs or know I can get them before I pull the trigger and get a sawmill.

r.garrison1
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It could be how you ask, aside from the availability of logs. Baron, on this forum, seems to have a good relationship with tree trimmers; I wonder how he asks them?

 

If I were cutting urban trees, and someone asked me

     'I'm trying to find a source of logs, so I can decide if I can support a portable sawmill. What do you do with the trees you cut?'

I would answer completely different than if the same person asked me

     'I need to build up a supply of wood for the portable sawmill I am purchasing. Do you have trees available for me?'

 

The second sounds like someone that will be a dependable place to send my trees. The first sounds like it will possibly be more work to give the trees, because the person may want them, may not, and I have to call around to find a home for all the wood I cut.

clam lake dave
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Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

clam lake dave
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Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

clam lake dave
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Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

clam lake dave
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Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

clam lake dave
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Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

clam lake dave
clam lake dave's picture

Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

clam lake dave
clam lake dave's picture

Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

clam lake dave
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Thanks for the advice.

I am building a log trailer and will post a few pics as progress is made. I got the idea from a utube video.

I think the design will be good to get logs.

r.garrison1
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Hey, I think you just won an award!

Norwood pages are slow to update, so double posts are sometimes a subject of discussion, but you are the new champion!

 

smiley

r.garrison1
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Hey, I think you just won an award!

Norwood pages are slow to update, so double posts are sometimes a subject of discussion, but you are the new champion!

 

smiley

clam lake dave
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I could not delete the duplicative posts.

I gave it the good old college try .

Bill
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You wouldn't need to many trees if you duplicate them like that Dave smiley

clam lake dave
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You are correct

Baron
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Dave,

All of your relatives or acquaintances that own 1 or more trees are now your new best friends. 

Go meet the owners of all the many urban lumber people in the Chicago - Urbana - Springfield areas.

Make up fliers and send them to all the reputable tree services in a convenient radius around your address. Then meet them one-by-one.

Ge to know your city foresters and extension agents in all your close towns and cities. Let them know you'll take logs from Parks and tree services.

Learn how to cut through your log stops without dulling your blades.

 

coolBaron

Bill MacLellan
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Yes do that! I was at a local home show here on Friday night. There were several Arborists there that I spoke to, and before we got out of the show I had several people wanting small saw jobs done and 1 that wants the logs removed. But, all the time keeping in mind the hazards that possibly await.

Anyone ever saw a chestnut before? I'm curious to see what it looks like or know if it is any good for anything.

eddiemac
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I don't know about Chinese Chestnut, which is probably what you have, but American Chestnut is a very rare and valuable wood.  Driven to extinction by blight, its lumber was very decay resistant and had good woodworking properties.  Flatsawing is said to be better than quartersawing.  I would be eager to saw any kind of Chestnut.

Baron
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Mornin Bill,

In my brief experience Chestnut has many of the qualities of Oak and generally is considered nice to work with and is relatively durable. In PA many of the old barns contain chestnut as it was the main low-land forest tree around here until the dreaded Chestnut Blight arrived and killed most of them. If you are speaking Chinese Chestnut or Horse Chestnut then I'm pretty sure that they are less durable (kind of like White oak vs Red Oak).

 

Baron

clam lake dave
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Working on my Log Trailer now. Thanks for the advice, I am sure I will need more as time goes by.

I will post a few pics of the progress but cant seem to figure out how to post a pic.

 

 

 

 The regular copy and past does not seem to work.

Does any one have some good plans for a log a home made log arch?

I saw the Gieles farm arch on utube and it looked like a good design.

Baron
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Hi Dave,

I'm new to milling and I'm glad I kept it simple so far. I wanted to put the kart before the horse and have everything I needed ahead of time but then I went and bought the mill (horse) first. Do you have the mill?  Many of the ideas I had fell out of the kart once I learned how to better use and care for the horse. All Inventions and "cool tools" work great if you ask a user whom loves them. Do you have the mill yet? It could be that allot of logs might be delivered to you for free if you get the word out. Its both instructive and inspiring to watch all the new members grow and share. 

Like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby said in one of their "Road Too" movies: "Baby Steps!". To my knowledge they didn't even mill but I sure wish I'd always practice their advice.

Mr. Patience

clam lake dave
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Mr. Patience,

I hear what you are saying, just being cautious.

I would like to have a plie of logs waiting to be cut rather than have a shiny new mill with out anything to cut.

I dont have the mill yet just  worried if I get the mill and then I cant get the logs.

Will order the mill latter this month.

I would look foulish and no one wants that.

Thanks for your thoughts.

 

Baron
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Who said "If you build it they will come"? Was that Weyerhaeuser, Pacific Lumber, Georgia Pacific or Scott Paper?cheeky

Bill MacLellan
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Thanks EM and Baron. It is horse chestnut. It was a big limby tree but has a couple of good 8 foot sections. I think I will pursue it, I can access it easily and if the price is OK...

eddiemac
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Whoa!  Let me back up.  Horse chestnut is not related to the American chestnut, nor the Chinese.  It's something altogether different with the same name.  According to what I read on the net, the timber is pale cream white to light brown with a smooth, soft, fine texture.  It is not very strong, so is not used for lumber.  However, its soft texture makes it ideal for carving.  I say this not to dissuade you, only to help you know what best to do with it.

Baron
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Sounds fun. Watch your wallet Bill. It could be though that "once the cat is out of the bag" that you buy stuff then say goodbye to freebies. This one may well be worth it though. Maybe some more of the Old Sages have comments for you that are more carefully seasoned.

 

Dave, don't worry, Post oakie will send you the magic link to posting Images. It works good enough through Photobucket. 

clam lake dave
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Baron, 

When you built it did they come?

Baron
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They Came and went again and again.

I actually had to play it down a little because I didn't have the sales and storage issues settled yet. Furthermore it is supposed to be a part time business and it was growing too fast at first. I'm simply not ready to jump in full time yet. 

Did you search for all the Urban Lumber guys that are in your area. Chicago and surrounding areas have quite a few including Municipalities that are trying to find homes for Ash. 

Best!

clam lake dave
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Baron,

That is very positive news. I hope I have the same experience as you.

I will contact the local municipalities, I wanted to make sure I had my trailer to transport them.

I live on a small farm so storage is not a problem for me.

Did you build a kiln ?

I will build the virgina tek solar kiln.

I guess I need the horse first.

 

Baron
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I was going to build the VA tech kiln but changed my mind. Pensylvania is too cloudy to expect dependable drying a the rate I'm after all year Round. You may like it as it sure seems allot of people do. Pretty darn clever device. 

clam lake dave
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I built a home made dehumidifier kiln fifteen years ago . It worked ok , but I did not like the fact that the the dehumidifier was running all the time in the enclosed kiln made out of wood.

Thought the kiln may catch fire and it was in the basement. plus had to carry the heavy wet boards down the stairs. THe cost of electricity was also high.

 

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